Okay, it’s time for the second round of the ha.ckers.org challenge. If you remember last time I didn’t do a particularly good job of giving people a head’s up that the challenge was happening. This time I’m giving you lots of warning. I also made it harder in a few small ways. id thinks it’s way harder, but we’ll see, I have a feeling it’ll be solved pretty quickly (it can theoretically be solved in under 5 minutes if you already knew how to solve it). Here is the exact time it will start. Please make sure you do the correct conversions into whatever timezone you are in:
Monday August 20th at 1PM Pacific Time (4PM Eastern Time).
This time I’ll be focusing less on HTTP and a lot more on “states”. That’s your one and only hint. When the clock strikes, I’ll remove the htaccess file and you’ll find the challenge sitting here. Feel free to use the forum to chat amongst yourselves before/during/after the challenge. id and I still haven’t come to agreement on the prizes, but if anyone wants to sponsor the challenge and give away some shwag, let me know. Otherwise it might be more tee-shirts since we still have a box full of them that we’ll need to give away at some point or another.
Again, the rules of the challenge and the directions are part of what you need to find. There are lots of things going on, and I tried to build on the same framework as last time, so having some familiarity with the last test might help you (or it might not). Either way, it’s tough, and requires work, so good luck to anyone who attempts it. For those of you who couldn’t figure out the last one, don’t bother with this one, this one uses many of the same principles. I hope you guys like it - we are already coming up with some pretty out of the box ideas for the next one.